High School Youth Group
High School Youth Group at PCW meets every Sunday night during the school year from 7-8:30 p.m. After a community building game and announcements, HS seniors lead small group discussions. Students are able to explore their faith, insecurities, and whatever is on their minds in a safe, peer-to-peer atmosphere. Students learn about themselves, about others, and about God. Then, once all the serious discussion is out of the way, it is time to eat something delicious and hang out. During the hang-out, students also sign up for monthly service opportunities that take place throughout the Tri-State area.
The high school and middle school youth groups set out on different mission trips every June. These trips are planned in the fall and discussed all year long during youth group. Students are engaged in local service projects throughout the year. They learn why service is so fundamental for the heart of someone following after Jesus. Then in June they experience service in a whole new context without the comforts of home. They serve and think about those they are serving. They wrestle with social injustice and learn more about empathy. Hopefully, as they go out into the world and take on leadership roles, they will lead in a way that is not just beneficial for the powerful but also for the powerless. These mission trips are not about being do-gooders who fix “those” people. Rather, these trips are meant to stir up empathy and a desire to right the wrongs of structural injustice while becoming friends with the people they serve.